Harmonic Oscillation:
The oscillation which can be expressed in terms of single harmonic function, i.e., sine or cosine function, is called harmonic oscillation.
Simple Harmonic Motion:
A harmonic oscillation of constant amplitude and of single frequency under a restoring force whose magnitude is proportional to the displacement and always acts towards mean Position is called Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM).
A simple harmonic oscillation can be expressed as
y = a sin ωt
or y = a cos ωt
Where a = amplitude of oscillation.
Nonharmonic Oscillation:
A nonharmonic oscillation is a combination of two or more than two harmonic oscillations.
It can be expressed as y = a sin ωt + b sin 2ωt
Some Terms Related to SHM:
(i) Time Period: Time taken by the body to complete one oscillation is known as time period. It is denoted by T.
(ii) Frequency: The number of oscillations completed by the body in one second is called frequency. It is denoted by v.
Its SI unit is ‘hertz’ or ‘second^{1}‘.
Frequency = 1 / Time period
(iii) Angular Frequency: The product of frequency with factor 2π is called angular frequency. It is denoted by ω.
Angular frequency (ω) = 2πv
Its SI unit is ‘hertz’ or ‘second^{1}‘.
(iv) Displacement: A physical quantity which changes uniformly with time in a periodic motion is called displacement. It is denoted by y.
(v) Amplitude: The maximum displacement in any direction from mean position is called amplitude. It is denoted by a.
(vi) Phase: A physical quantity which express the position and direction of motion of an oscillating particle, is called phase. It is denoted by φ.
Simple harmonic motion is defined as the projection of a uniform circular motion on any diameter of a circle of reference.
Some Important Formula of SHM:
(i) Displacement in SHM at any instant is given by
y = a sin ωt
or y = a cos ωt
where a = amplitude and
ω = angular frequency.
(ii) Velocity of a particle executing SHM at any instant is given by
v = ω √(a^{2} – y^{2})
At mean position y = 0 and v is maximum
v_{max} = aω
At extreme position y = a and v is zero.
(iii) Acceleration of a particle executing SHM at any instant is given by
A or α = – ω^{2} y
Negative sign indicates that the direction of acceleration is opposite to the direction in which displacement increases, i.e., towards mean position.
At mean position y = 0 and acceleration is also zero.
At extreme position y = a and acceleration is maximum
A^{max} = – aω^{2}
(iv) Time period in SHM is given by
T = 2π √Displacement / Acceleration
Graphical Representation:
(i) Displacement – Time Graph:
(ii) Velocity – Time Graph:
(iii) Acceleration – Time Graph:
Note The acceleration is maximum at a place where the velocity is minimum and vice – versa.
For a particle executing SHM, the phase difference between
(i) Instantaneous displacement and instantaneous velocity
= (π / 2) rad
(ii) Instantaneous velocity and instantaneous acceleration
= (π / 2) rad
(iii) Instantaneous acceleration and instantaneous displacement
= π rad
The graph between velocity and displacement for a particle executing SHM is elliptical.
Force in SHM:
We know that, the acceleration of body in SHM is α = ω^{2} x
Applying the equation of motion F = ma,
We have, F = – mω^{2} x = kx
Where, ω = √k / m and k = mω^{2} is a constant and sometimes it is called the elastic constant.
In SHM, the force is proportional and opposite to the displacement.
Energy in SHM:
The kinetic energy of the particle is K = 1 / 2 mω^{2} (A^{2} – x^{2})
From this expression we can see that, the kinetic energy is maximum at the centre (x = 0) and zero at the extremes of oscillation (x ± A).
The potential energy of the particle is U = 1 / 2 mω^{2} x^{2}
From this expression we can see that, the potential energy has a minimum value at the centre (x = 0) and increases as the particle approaches either extreme of the oscillation (x ± A).
Total energy can be obtained by adding potential and kinetic energies. Therefore,
E = K + U
= 1 / 2 mω^{2} (A^{2} – x^{2}) + 1 / 2 mω^{2} x^{2}
= 1 / 2 mω^{2} A^{2}
where A = amplitude
m = mass of particle executing SHM.
ω = angular frequency and
v = frequency
Changes of kinetic and potential energies during oscillations.
The frequency of kinetic energy or potential energy of a particle executing SHM is double than that of the frequency in SHM.
The frequency of total energy of particles executing SHM is zero as total energy in SHM remains constant at all positions.
When a particle of mass m executes SHM with a constant angular frequency (I), then time period of oscillation
T = 2π √Inertia factor / Spring factor
In general, inertia factor = m, (mass of the particle)
Spring factor = k (force constant)
How the different physical quantities (e.g., displacement, velocity, acceleration, kinetic energy etc) vary with time or displacement are listed ahead in tabular form.
S.No.  Name of the equation  Expression of the equation  Remarks 
1.  Displacementtime  x varies between + A and  A  
2.  Velocitytime  v varies between + Aω and  A ω  
3.  Accelerationtime  a varies between + Aω^{2} and  Aω^{2}  
4.  Kinetic energytime  K varies between and  
5.  Potential energytime  U varies between and  
6.  Total energytime  E is constant  
7.  Velocitydisplacement  v = 0 at x = ±4 and at x = 0 , v = ± Aω  
8.  Accelerationdisplacement  a =  ω^{2}X  
9.  Kinetic energydisplacement  
10.  Potential energyd displacement  
11.  Total energyd displacement  x = ± A 
Oscillations of Liquid in a U – tube:
If a liquid is filled up to height h in both limbs of a Utube and now liquid is depressed upto a small distance y in one limb and then released, then liquid column in Utube start executing SHM.
The time period of oscillation is given by
T = 2π √h / g
Oscillations of a floating cylinder in liquid is given by
T = 2π √l / g
where I = length of the cylinder submerged in liquid in equilibrium.
Vibrations of a Loaded Spring:
When a spring is compressed or stretched through a small distance y from mean position, a restoring force acts on it.
Restoring force (F) = – ky
where k = force constant of spring.
If a mass m is suspended from a spring then in equilibrium,
mg = kl
This is also called Hooke’s law.
Time period of a loaded spring is given by:
T = 2π √m / k
When two springs of force constants k_{1} and k_{2} are connected in parallel to mass m as shown in figure, then
(i) Effective force constant of the spring combination
k = k_{1} + k_{2}
(ii) Time period T = 2π √m / (k_{1} + k_{2})
When two springs of force constant k_{1} and k_{2} are connected in series to mass m as shown in figure, then
(i) Effective force constant of the spring combination
1 / k = 1 / k_{1} + 1 / k_{2}
(ii) Time period T = 2π √m(k_{1} + k_{2}) / k_{1}k_{2}
Free Oscillations:
When a body which can oscillate about its mean position is displaced from mean position and then released, it oscillates about its mean position. These oscillations are called free oscillations and the frequency of oscillations is called natural frequency.
1. What is simple harmonic motion? 
2. How is the period of simple harmonic motion related to its frequency? 
3. What is the amplitude of simple harmonic motion? 
4. How does the mass of an object affect its simple harmonic motion? 
5. What is the relationship between simple harmonic motion and Hooke's Law? 
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